Fibrosis is a major cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) a progressive loss in renal function that occurs over a period of months or years, is characterized by a decreased capability of the kidneys to excrete waste products. There is no specific treatment unequivocally shown to slow the worsening of chronic kidney disease. Plasma levels of CCN2, a fibrogenic agent, is a predictor of ESRD and mortality in patients with type 1 diabetic nephropathy. CCN3 has been hypothesized to have antagonistic effects to CCN2 both in vitro and in vivo, including in cultured mesangial cells. In a recent study, van Roeyen and colleagues (Am J Pathol in press, 2012) showed that in vivo overexpression of CCN3 in a model of anti-Thy1.1-induced experimental glomerulonephritis resulted in decreased albuminuria, glomerulosclerosis and reduced cortical collagen type I accumulation. CCN3 enhanced angiogenesis yes suppressed mesangial cell proliferation. Thus CCN3 protein may represent a novel therapeutic approach to help repair glomerular endothelial damage and mesangioproliferative changes and hence prevent renal failure, glomerulosclerosis and tubulointerstitial fibrosis.
Endothelial nitric oxide synthase polymorphism G298T in association with oxidative DNA damage in coronary atherosclerosis
Content Type Journal Article
Category Research Note
RAJESH G. KUMAR, Department of Genetics, Osmania Univers ... more
A micropropagation protocol was developed for multiplication of seedless lemon (Citrus limon L. cv. Kaghzi Kalan) using nodal explants. The maximum shoot regeneration was observed on low level of BAP (0.1 mg l−1) or kinetin (0.5 mg l−1). BA was recorded to be better than kinetin in terms of ... more
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